Religious Language

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  • Created on: 03-06-18 12:29


  • Via Negativa- The truth of God is discovered when talking negatively about him. To find out what God is like we must first find out what God is NOT like. 
  • Univocal Language- Possible to understand God's love as we understand human love. David Hume- This is anthropomorphism. 
  • Equivocal Language- Some wordused with a totally different meaning. HOWEVER- makes it difficult/impossible to understand God. 
  • Analogical Language- Aquinas. Seeks to allow people to speak meaningfully about a transcendent God. 
  • Analogy of attribution- God is the cause of all good things in humans. God's attributes are simply a higher level than our own. 
  • Analogy of proportionality- All good qualities belong to God. We cannot fully understand God. 
  • Symbolic Language- Something identifies and participates in the meaning of that concept. Non-Cognitive approach. Paul Tillich- Positive way of expressing the nature of God in terms of 'the ground of our being'. "The language of faith is the language of symbols". HOWEVER- original meaning could be lost, outdated, and focuses on worship.



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